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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Achieves Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

News Release: April 16, 2015

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Achieves Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence

Hinsdale, IL – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, part of AMITA Health, joins the approximate 7 percent of the nation’s hospitals who have met the criteria needed to earn the respected Magnet designation for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in professional nursing practice from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The journey to achieving this recognition began years ago, when Michael Goebel, chief executive officer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, challenged his team to see if they could attain the Magnet designation. “As a facility dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Christ, we needed to live up to our mission, and take steps to better serve our patients and our staff. To be a Magnet hospital means that we deliver the very best in care for our patients, while also providing opportunities for every nurse to become the best they can be through continuing education, training and empowerment,” said Goebel.

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is part of AMITA Health, a newly integrated health system formed by Adventist Midwest Health and Alexian Brothers Health System.

Magnet status is hard won and requires a continuing investment in nurse growth through education. Hospitals must implement, track and document 49 sources of evidence showing year-over-year continuous nursing improvement and a focus on developing best practices. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital provided the ANCC with quantifiable data in a 350-page document, which was then independently verified by the organization through exhaustive patient, nurse and community interviews.

Marcie Calandra, director of nursing/Magnet, led the initiative under the direction of chief nursing officer, Shawn Tyrrell. Calandra notes, “We achieved our goal because it was the right thing to do, and we are blessed to be recognized for it.” States Tyrrell, “We wanted to help our nurses fulfill the potential of their calling and we succeeded. Our nurses are highly qualified, confident and empowered to do their very best for the patients we serve.”

The end result is higher patient and nurse satisfaction, improved patient outcomes and an enhanced safety record at the hospital. What is particularly inspiring about Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s achievement, is that the hospital’s nurses have also earned ‘exemplar’ status in three key areas – meaning that they have developed innovative procedures and practices that will now serve as the templates for best practices in these areas. In the process, the hospital has also seen six consecutive years of improvement in its national nurse satisfaction scores – an exceptionally rare achievement.

About AMITA Health

AMITA Health (  is an integrated health system serving more than 3.8 million residents of suburban Chicago. AMITA Health is a Joint Operating Company formed in February 2015 by Adventist Midwest Health, based in Hinsdale, Ill., and Alexian Brothers Health System, based in Arlington Heights, Ill., encompassing nine hospitals and an extensive physician provider network of more than 3,000 physicians. AMITA Health is committed to delivering the most efficient, highest quality, faith-based care possible and respecting the faith traditions of all people.